Category: TRAVEL

A day out at Healey’s Cyder Farm

A day out at Healey’s Cyder Farm

If you hadn’t seen already, we spent last week on holiday in Cornwall. We had a wonderful week exploring and on Wednesday we headed to Healey’s Cyder Farm, which was about a 15 minute drive from our cottage near Perranporth. The farm had come recommended […]

Fun and Fireworks at Godstone Farm

Fun and Fireworks at Godstone Farm

We had such a lovely weekend as a family this week. It’s the first weekend we’ve spent all together for months and we soo needed it. After a quiet & chilled out day on Saturday we headed to Godstone Farm with some friends for a […]

A Trip Down Memory Lane: Our Weekend in Northampton & the Balloon Festival

A Trip Down Memory Lane: Our Weekend in Northampton & the Balloon Festival

This weekend Florence & I headed up to Northampton with my Mum & sister for a trip down memory lane. My Nan – Nanny Ann as I called her – lived in Northampton for as long as I knew her and I have so many wonderful memories of the holidays and weekends I spent with her as a little girl there.

She lived in a tiny flat overlooking Northampton Race Course where they used to hold their annual Hot Air Balloon festival. We used to go each year & I have some lovely memories of watching the balloons with her and it was lovely to revive that tradition with Florence and her own Nanny.

We travelled up on Saturday and after a *slight* one hour detour through Essex thanks to a user error with the SatNav we arrived at our Hotel – The Premiere Inn in Northampton town center. The hotel is only a year old and was really lovely with super attentive staff & free weekend parking close by. We got settled into our room where Florence had a play & a nap after the long drive. She was so good!

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At 5pm we headed to Billing Aquadrome in time to have a wander around the festival though sadly upon arrival we were informed that neither of the two main events would be taking place due to the wind & rain forecast. We would still have to pay the full entry fee to get in despite the balloon flight & glow being cancelled so instead we decided to give the Saturday a miss and went to get some dinner – the only balloons in site on our dresses!  Libby chose a roast dinner & so we booked a table at the Toby Carvery in nearby Wooton. It’s a really family friendly pub & the food was actually really delicious. Florence made friends with our waitress and certainly stole the show as ever! BALLOON FESTIVAL 23

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After dinner we went back to the hotel and watched a couple of girly films. It was like an old school  sleepover! While there was a  travel cot in the room, I had Florence in with me over night as it had been a long day and I knew she wouldn’t settle anywhere she couldn’t see me.

We set the alarm for 5am in the hope that we’d have more luck of seeung some balloons in the morning. As soon as I woke I checked the weather & twitter – the rain & wind had cleared and the balloons were going to fly! Off we went down to the Aquadrome, Florence and my sister still in their pj’s.

First feed of the day wrapped in her Nod Pod blanket as the balloons prepared for take off.
First feed of the day wrapped in her Nod Pod blanket as the balloons prepared for take off.

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We watched as the crews prepared their balloons for lift off, fires roaring & filling them with the all important hot air until they were ready to take to the skies.

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As the sun rose, the balloons took to the sky and filled it with rainbow colour. There is something so calming and beautiful about a sky full of hot air balloons floating off into the distance. BALLOON FESTIVAL 4

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Florence loved all of the colours and it was so lovely to see my Mum repeating history with her own granddaughter. BALLOON FESTIVAL 15

Once the field was empty and the sky was full, we watched for a while and then went back to the hotel for breakfast before going out to explore Northampton town centre. It really is such a lovely town full of beautiful grand buildings and charming little cafes.

We passed the hospital my Nan used to work in, visited the market square where I would play on the roundabout every single time we went there and after a spot of shopping sat out in the sunshine by the children’s sandpit where Florence had her first experience of sand between her toes! IMG_2829

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And once Florence was fed and changed it was time to make our way back home. We had such a lovely girly weekend and I can’t wait to go back this time next year.

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Watch the sun go down in Ibiza

Watch the sun go down in Ibiza

So summer holiday season is certainly upon us and with more & more people choosing to  book their vacations at the last minute this year I thought I would point you in the direction of some of the beautiful Ibizan Sunset spots you just can’t afford […]

Our day out at the Volks Weald Festival & Penshurst Place

Our day out at the Volks Weald Festival & Penshurst Place

We had the loveliest family day out yesterday at the Volks Weald festival and getting lost in the Maize maze at the hosting venue, Penshurst Place. I had never been to a car show before, nor to Penshurst Place so it was all a bit new […]

Our 2017 UK Tourist Bucket List

Our 2017 UK Tourist Bucket List

After last years holiday with my Mum & Sister, we had every intention of booking up to go on holiday to Corfu as a couple this year… and then along came bump and with the main tourist season for the island only starting in May (Bump’s due month!) and it being super duper hot through the summer, we’ve decided to push that back to the summer of 2018 when we will go there as a family when she is a little older.

Instead, this year we are going to plan a few different short breaks & day trips here in the UK. We’re looking to go on a weekend baby moon in March / April, and once baby is here and I am on maternity leave we’ve a list of places and attractions that we’d like to visit across the country.

T H E  L A K E  D I S T R I C T  & S C A F E L L  P I K E | We are planning our first little get away as a family of four (including the dog) for around August / September time and the Lake District is at the top of our list. We’ve been searching through Trip Advisor at their list of the top things to do while there, and I really love the idea of the Beatrix Potter Lakeland Tour & the wildlife park and Sean would like to take on Scafell Pike again.

A L T O N  T O W E R S | I have to admit, this one is more for me than it is for Sean – he’s not a great lover of theme parks, but I’m more than happy for him to wander around Cbeebies land with baby while I get my adrenaline fix on the rides throughout the park! You can get some really good discounts on tickets too.

O P E N  T O P  B U S  T O U R  & L O N D O N  T H E A T R E |  Okay, so we might need to leave baby at home with Nanny for this one, but Sean and I would really like to catch a London Show and maybe be tourists for a day in the Big Smoke. Mum & I went to see Wicked for my birthday which was amazing and the latest addition to the West End , Alladin, looks like an incredible show.

W A R N E R  B R O T H E R ‘S  S T U D I O  T O U R | As some of you might already know, I am a MAJOR Harry Potter Fan and have already been to the studio tour twice – once for the Hogwarts in the Snow feature in 2014 &  their Hallowe’en Dark Arts event after the addition of the Hogwarts Express in 2015. Both visits were amazing, and whether you’re an avid fan like me, or just looking for a cool attraction to go to in the UK, there really is so much to see and do and learn. This year, we’re looking forward to seeing the addition of ‘The Forbidden Forest’.

C O O M B E  M I L L  F A R M  &  T H E  E D E N  P R O J E C T | Cornwall has always been on my travel wishlist and this year might just be the year we get to go! Naturally, we would choose to stay at Coombe Mill after all of the brilliant reviews we’ve heard and of course, we couldn’t plan a Cornwall visit without paying a trip to The Eden Project too.

H O W L E T T S &  P O R T  L Y M P N E  A S P I N A L L  W I L D  A N I M A L  P A R K S | A little (a lot!) closer to home, a trip to each of these this year is a must. We are both big animal lovers and we’re excited to get up close and personal with some of the greats again after our visit to Howlett’s in Spring 2016. We’re even considering a stay in one of Port Lympne’s Pine Wood Pods to and booking an experience each while we’re there.

What’s on your list to see & do across the UK this year?

Why your next holiday should be on a cruise!

Why your next holiday should be on a cruise!

One of the travel experiences high up on my wanderlust list is to go on a cruise. Neither me or Sean have ever been but we’ve both heard so many good things about them that it just cannot be missed off of our list of […]

Kassiopi Water Taxi & Corfu Town

Kassiopi Water Taxi & Corfu Town

I mentioned before we went away that I quite liked the idea of delving into some real Corfiot culture by taking a trip out of Acharavi and into Corfu Town. At a meeting with our Thomas Cook rep the day after we arrived we discovered that […]